[uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw]
- Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.
- Music. slow.
- Music. an adagio movement or piece.
- a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
- a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
- (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.
Origin of adagio
1740–50; < Italian, for ad agio at ease; agio < Old Provençal ais or Old French aise (see ease)
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Examples from the Web for adagio
They skipped not in answer to the adagio movement in the May-day Symphony.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
Sinking quickly into the slumber which always overtakes him during the adagio.
Tempo: Adagio lamentoso, with occasionally a rise to andante maesto.
The first movement and the Adagio, above all, are of incomparable beauty.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
If I were a musician I would take it as the subject for the adagio in a Wesleyan symphony.The Way of All Flesh
- (to be performed) slowly
- a movement or piece to be performed slowly
- ballet a slow section of a pas de deux
C18: Italian, from ad at + agio ease
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Word Origin and History for adagio
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A very slow musical tempo.
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